Healing continues for faith based community in Sutherland Springs
Posted on 11/14/2017 7:44:00 AM.
(Sutherland Springs) -- Members of a South Central Texas church are remembering the victims of last week's mass shooting that left 26 people dead. A service was held Sunday for members of the First Baptist Church at a baseball field in Sutherland Springs.
 
Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who lives in Seguin, said evil was responsible for last week's shootings. Pomeroy said he wanted to ensure everyone "knows that those who died lived for their Lord and Savior." Pomeroy's voice cracked as he paused and described the victims as "my best friends and my daughter."
 
The crowd of worshipers then stood, clapped and raised their hands toward heaven. After the service, former Associate Pastor Mark Collins spoke on behalf of the church. Collins says they will not be broken by last week's tragic events.
 
"Satan got one play and then he fumbled the football. We have seen such an outpouring -- a salt of light that has come to Sutherland Springs like we've never seen before," said Collins.
 
Collins says the outpouring of support continued Sunday, with a large crowd on hand for the special service.
 
"With a thousand people at the services this morning, this church has been here nearly 100 years and we set an attendance record, so Satan did not win," said Collins.
 
Collins says they also look to the Bible for support and guidance, and they are praying for the family of the shooter.
 
"Devin was a young man that was distorted by who knows what and darkened by what, we don't know. But our prayers go out to his family, because they have sustained a loss too. It's very unfortunate that he had to make the decisions that he did, but we do forgive," said Collins.
 
Among those attending the emotional service was Texas Senator John Cornyn, who said he would propose changes to firearm background checks and the process of obtaining a firearm.
 
The service was moved from a community center to a local baseball field to accommodate the large number of attendees.
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